Second Round Afcon Morocco 2015 Qualifiers Begin Today

first_imgThe qualifying rounds for the 2015 African Cup of Nations continues today, Wednesday with a whole selection of matches across the continent.The opening round of games followed the form book, with victories for Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Algeria.However, continental giant Egypt was defeated by Senegal, Ghana could only muster a draw against Uganda at home and African champions Nigeria was defeated at home by the Republic of Congo in a disgraceful fashion.These three fallen nations will be keen to bounce back, but, with a number of major sides facing each other in the mid-week qualifiers, it is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting their campaigns back on track.The following are the pairings: South Africa vs. Nigeria; Rwanda vs. Sudan; Algeria vs. Mali; Angola vs. Burkina Faso and Lesotho vs. Gabon.Cameroon vs. Cote d’Ivoire; Sierra Leone vs. RD Congo; Togo vs. Ghana; Cape Verde vs. Zambia; Mozambique vs. Nigeria; Uganda vs. Guinea; Egypt vs. Tunisia and Botswana vs. Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two panels back plan for exhibit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After delays to study elephant health at the Los Angeles Zoo, two City Council committees endorsed a plan Monday to build a $39 million exhibit to house three pachyderms. The revised design for the Elephants of Surin exhibit would increase the animals’ space from a half-acre to 3.5 acres and add lush forests, grassland, ponds and even waterfalls. Zoo officials previously proposed a 2-acre, $19 million habitat. But critics blasted the 3.5-acre project as too small and expensive, saying the elephants would be better served in an accredited sanctuary. “Taxpayers do not want to spend $40 million on one exhibit that is still not adequate for the animals being put in it,” animal rights activist Catherine Doyle told a joint meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee. “Families do not stop visiting zoos with no elephants. If this exhibit goes forward, taxpayers will be reminded over and over that this money was frivolously spent.” But exhibit supporters – and Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes the zoo – said elephants are among the zoo’s most popular exhibit, and the expansion is needed to keep them healthy. “It’s my turn, as a council person, to stand up for the Los Angeles Zoo. I think it’s real important to upgrade the zoo and the pachyderm exhibit,” LaBonge said. The City Council is set to vote on the project April 19. Plans call for the project to be financed with $17.7 million in Proposition A and CC bond funds and $14 million borrowed from the city’s Municipal Investment Corp., which will cost about $1 million a year in debt service paid from the city’s general fund. The remaining cost would be covered with $4.5 million from the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo, and a $2.3 million private donation. The hearing drew dozens of animal-rights activists, including actress Betty White and “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker. Barker advocated sending the elephants to an animal sanctuary rather than keeping them in a zoo. “We should ignore this suggestion of increasing the habitat and release those elephants and let them go into a sanctuary where they can spend the few remaining years to them in an atmosphere that is the nearest possible thing to their normal way of living in the wild,” he said. Nevertheless, the city’s administrative officer, Bill Fujioka, urged the committees to endorse the exhibit plan. “The changes to the zoo that have occurred over the last seven years have been dramatic. This zoo, I strongly believe, after we finish these exhibits will rival other zoos in the country and the world.” The fate of the zoo’s elephants has become an issue since Tara, an African elephant, died in 2004 at age 39. Three pachyderms remain at the zoo. (213) 978-0390last_img read more